Dr. Dhan Thiruchelvam

Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam
  • Consultant Upper GI and Obesity Surgeon , Newcastle Private
  • Consultant Upper GI and Obesity Surgeon, Lingard Private
  • Consultant Surgeon, Upper GI and HPB Unit, St Vincent’s Melbourne
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Surgical Mentor, St Vincent’s Hospital, 2008, 2010-11
  • SET 1 Supervisor, St Vincent’s General Surgery, Training, 2011-
  • Faculty Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators, RACS
  • Inaugural, Peter J Dohrmann Medallist, Epworth Hospital, 2013
  • Surgical Clinical Fellow in Upper GI and HPB, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, 2009
  • Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Fellow, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, 2007
  • Upper GI and HPB Fellow, Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne, 2006
  • Honorary Lecturer in Surgery, Monash University, Box Hill Hospital, 2006
  • E Trenchard Miller Memorial Scholarship (Sydney University Medical School)
  • James Aitkin Scholarship (Sydney University Medical School)
  • Reviewer: ANZ Journal of Surgery
  • Reviewer: Obesity Surgery
  • Reviewer: Medical Journal Australia


Educational Institutions

  • Sydney University Medical School
  • Sydney Grammar School
  • Maitland High School

Tertiary Education

  • Sydney University Medical School
  • E Trenchard Miller Memorial Scholarship
  • James Aitken Scholarship


  • Surgeon, Upper GI and HPB Unit, St Vincent's
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery, St Vincent's
  • SET 1 Supervisor, St Vincent's


  • Faculty Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators, RACS
  • Course Instructor, CLEAR (Critical Literature Evaluation and Research), RACS, 2010-
  • Co-organiser, Inaugural St Vincent’s Surgical Forum 2012, Aikenhead Conference Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Shortlisted for the “Best Supervisor/Teacher-Consultant” by St Vincent’s 2011 Interns

Further Degree

  • Diploma in Clinical Education, University of Edinburgh, 2011

Papers, Publications and Presentations

(a selection of some of the many papers and presentations that Dr Dhan Thiruchelvam has undertaken)

  • A Novel Endoscopic Technique in Revisional Surgery for Complications of High Gastric Reduction Rajasagaram N, Tokhi A, Thiruchelvam D Banting S. Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Poster Presentation, ANZGOSA/OSSANZ, 2015.
  • Magnetic Surgical Instruments for Robotic Abdominal Surgery. Leong F, Garbin N, Di Natali C, Mohammadi A, Thiruchelvam D, Oetomo D, Valdastri P. IEEE Rev Biomed Eng. 2016 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print].
  • S Flatman, J Darby, P McKelvie, P Stanley, D Thiruchelvam. A Case of Massive Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage.ANZ J Surg. March 2010.
  • Torsion of the gallbladder: a systematic review. Daniel J. Reilly, George Kalogeropoulos, Dhan Thiruchelvam HPB.. pages 669-672, October 2012.
  • A Framework for Emergency Surgery in Victorian Public Health Services. Department of Health publication. Co-author. 2012.
  • Newey, D. Thiruchelvam, R. Davies. Isolated occlusion due to Cystic Adventitial Disease of the Popliteal artery- Ultrasound diagnosis. Journal Of ASUM (Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine), May 7 2004.
  • Poster Presentation, RACS ACS, 2012, KL Malaysia. Cavernous Haemangioma of the Adrenal. J. McKenzie, D Thiruchelvam.
  • Surgery for Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine Tumours. Peter Mac Colorectal Meeting Sofitel. March 24th 2011.
  • ASC 2010 Perth. Cholecystostomy: When, Where and How? Presentation in HPB section.
  • Poster presentation: S Flatman, J Darby, P McKelvie, P Stanley, D Thiruchelvam. A Case of Massive Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage: An Important Consideration in Travellers, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Annual Scientific Congress, 5-9th May 2009, Brisbane.
  • Atypical Reflux and the indications for surgery. Epworth Barrett’s and Reflux Symposium. Park Hyatt. 23/3/2012.
  • Human Gallbladder Cells used in the treatment of Diabetes. Peter Ryan Prize Meeting St Vincent’s Melbourne. 12/11/2011.
  • Free Paper Presentation. ASC 2010 Perth. Comparing CT and EUS in Oesophageal cancer. S Flatman, D Thiruchelvam, R Chen and R Cade. May 2010 Perth.
  • Endoscopic Management of post cholecystectomy biliary fistula. M. Hii, R Cade, D Thiruchelvam, S Banting. 20/11/10. Peter Ryan Surgical Prize Meeting. Education Centre St Vincent’s Hospital.
  • Human Gallbladder-derived islet progenitors for cell replacement therapy in diabetes. Dr Anand Hardikar (Bernie O’Brien Institute), D Thiruchelvam (St V). Peter Ryan Surgical Prize Meeting. Education Centre St Vincent’s Hospital. 20/11/10.
  • O’Brien, R., Thiruchelvam, D., Fox, A., Van Dijk, J. (2008) Using live video links to operating theatres as a teaching tool for undergraduate medical students. Peer reviewed short presentation. 13 National Prevocational Medical Education Forum. November 9-12, 2008, Hobart, Australia


  • Live Surgery Education Project. St Vincent’s Health. The use of live broadcast surgery with Surgeon facilitation as an educational tool for Medical Students, 2008


  • ESWG: Emergency Surgery Working Group of DHS, Victoria. General Surgery Representative from RACS, 2009-2010
  • Regional Subcommittee for Board in General Surgery, 2011-

Membership of Surgical Organisations

Dr. Dhan Thiruchelvam

Newcastle Weight Loss Surgery

60 Lindsay Street
Hamilton, NSW 2303

Phone: (02) 4927 1101(02) 4927 1101

Fax: (02) 4927 1102